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Born on this day!! Sports announcer-actor Bob Uecker is 87. Actor Scott Glenn is 83. Singer Jean Knight is 79. Actor Richard Portnow (“Trumbo,” ″The Sopranos”) is 75. Drummer Corky Laing of Mountain is 74. Actor David Strathairn is 73. Musician Lucinda Williams is 69. Percussionist Norman Hassan of UB40 is 64. Comedian Ellen DeGeneres is 64. Keyboardist Charlie Gillingham of Counting Crowes is 63. Guitarist Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!) is 59. Singer Jazzie B of Soul II Soul is 59. Actor Paul Johansson (“One Tree Hill”) is 58. Actor Bryan Callen (“The Goldbergs”) is 55. Gospel singer Kirk Franklin is 52. Actor Nate Mooney (“American Odyssey,” ″It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”) is 50. Actor Jennifer Crystal (“House,” “Once and Again”) is 49. Drummer Chris Hesse of Hoobastank is 48. Actor Gilles Marini (“Sex and the City”) is 46. Actor Sara Rue (“Mom,” ″Less Than Perfect”) is 44. Actor Colin O’Donoghue (“Once Upon a Time”) is 41. Guitarist Michael Martin of Marshall Dyllon is 39.


1788 – The first European settlers landed in Sydney, Australia.
1802 – Congress passed an act calling for establishment of a library within the US Capitol.
1837 – Michigan became the 26th state in the United States.
1950 – India, three years after gaining its independence from the United Kingdom, formally became a republic.
1979 – Former Vice President Nelson Rockefeller died in New York at age 70.
1988 – Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera opened on Broadway. It would go on to become the longest-running Broadway show.
1993 – Vaclav Havel was elected president of the new Czech Republic.
2001 – A magnitude 7.7 earthquake rocked the Indian state of Gujarat, killing more than 20,000 people.
2004 – President Hamid Karzai signed the new constitution of Afghanistan.

Today Is: Dental Drill Appreciation Day, Library Shelfie Day, Lotus 1-2-3 Day, National Green Juice Day, National Peanut Brittle Day, Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement

Primetime TV (All Times Eastern)

CBS – 8:00 –  Let’s Make A Deal  /  9:00 – Amazing Race  /  10:00 – Good Sam
NBC – 8:00  – Chicago Med  /  9:00 – Chicago Fire  10:00 – Chicago PD
– 8:00 –  The Goldbergs  /  8:30 – The Wonder Years  /  9:00 – The Conners  /  9:30 – Home Economics  /  10:00 – The Chase
FOX – 8:00 – I Can See Your Voice  /  8:30 – Next Level Chef
CW – 8:00 –  DC Legends Of Tomorrow  /  9:00 – Batwoman

TV Talk Shows

Jimmy Kimmel: Charlie Day, Colman Domingo, Iann Dior featuring Machine Gun Kelly & Travis Barker
Jimmy Fallon: Halle Berry, Dave Franco, Dijon
Stephen Colbert: Adrien Brody, Lady Wray
Seth Meyers: Cynthia Nixon, Annaleigh Ashford, Del Water Gap, Larnell Lewis
James Corden: Daveed Diggs, Sydney Sweeney, Joy Crookes
Watch What Happens Live: Paris Hilton, Kathy Hilton
The View: Amber Ruffin, guest co-host Lisa Ling
The Talk: Ming-Na Wen
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Chris Sullivan, Henrik Lundqvist, Susan Sarandon
Ellen DeGeneres: Courteney Cox, Chris Martin, Coldplay
The Real: Amara La Negra, guest co-host George Wallace
Drew Barrymore: Cynthia Nixon, Daphne Oz, Gail Simmons, Jamika Pessoa

WHAT ARE YOU TALKIN’ ABOUT? Here are today’s PPM-Friendly Topics!

QUESTION: What’s up, DOCK?? Diners are go for a swim after a waterside restaurant collapses into Florida’s Intercoastal!! (An “immersive” experience!)


QUESTION: Why did this teenage girl change her name? Her parents named her “IKEA,” but the kids at school called her “Flat Pack!” She’s now “Jasmine!”


QUESTION: Is that any way to treat your SISTER? Janet Jackson says MJ bullied her over her weight as a kid, calling her a “pig,” “horse,” and a “hog!!”


QUESTION: What happens when you get in an accident with ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER?? You get really, really SORE!! Then.. you SUE!!!!!!!!

QUESTION: Ever wonder what kinds of things hotel workers find left behind? LOTS! Like… guns, unedited porn, and BIG MONEY! ($328,000 in Vegas!)
Hotel employees have taken to online discussion forums to share the oddest things guests have left behind in their rooms (stock photo)

Rust Producers Want Lawsuit Dismissed

Alec Baldwin and his fellow “Rust” producers have filed to dismiss one of the lawsuits taking aim at them.  In a motion obtained by Fox News Digital, Baldwin and other producers have requested that the court toss the complaint “without leave to amend.”  The suit was originally filed in November by script supervisor Mamie Mitchell – who is being represented by attorney Gloria Allred following the events that led to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and injury of director Joel Souza.   In her suit, Mitchell claimed assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and deliberate infliction of harm.  The newest motion suggests that Mitchell’s own allegations in her suit fail “to state facts sufficient to constitute a cause of action.”  Furthermore, the motion asks for the dismissal on the ground that “despite Plaintiff’s [Mitchell’s] attempt to label claims as intentional, nothing about Plaintiff’s allegations suggest that any of Defendants intentionally committed harmful conduct under New Mexico law.”  The docs claim that Mitchell conceded that the gun – which was being held by Baldwin – “was not intended to be loaded with ‘live ammunition’” when it unexpectedly discharged, resulting in Hutchins’ death and Souza’s injury – indicating that her claims of intentional conduct are untrue.
********Doesn’t she know the gun fired itself???
********Anyone who works with Alec Baldwin should receive combat pay!!!

Peter Dinklage Is Upset With Disney

Peter Dinklage is none too pleased with Disney’s upcoming “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” remake, which he accused of being insensitive to dwarves. He dropped the bombshell while promoting his movie “Cyrano” on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast, Entertainment Weekly reported.  “I’m just like, what are you doing?” he told Maron of the reboot, which will star “West Side Story” actress Rachel Zegler, who recently called herself a “white Latina,” as Snow White.  Dinklage, who has achondroplasia, a type of dwarfism that results in him being 4 feet 5, found the movie especially hypocritical as they were “very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White.”  “You’re progressive in one way, but then you’re still making that f–king backwards story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together, what the f–k are you doing, man?” the “Station Agent” actor spluttered. “Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me.”  “Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox?” continued Dinklage, who has frequently railed against dwarf stereotypes in Hollywood movies. “I guess I’m not loud enough.”
*******He kinda sounds… “Grumpy,” doesn’t he???
*******Disney is trying to work more minorities into these stories, but “Snow White and the Seven Black Dudes” just didn’t sound right!!!
*******How about “Snow Joke and the Seven Punchlines??”
*******Is there really a stereotype about dwarves living in caves??
******On a positive note, seven dwarf actors just got paid!!!

Adele Rumors About Postponement Come Out

Adele postponed her Las Vegas residency after throwing a fit over a swimming pool stunt, according to a new report.  During the show, she was supposed to stand in the middle of the pool, but she compared the final design to an “old pond” and refused, the Sun reported late Monday.   “When she saw the finished design, she refused to take part,” a source told the outlet.  “Adele described the pool as a ‘baggy old pond’ and refused, point blank, to stand in the middle of it. The intention was to fill it with water on the set as she was lifted up on a crane-type mechanism, creating the illusion she was floating on water.”  She announced on Jan. 20 that she was postponing her “Weekends With Adele” residency — just one day before it was set to launch, leaving many fans who had already arrived in Sin City in the lurch.  She blamed COVID-related delays for the postponement.  Since her announcement, numerous reports have emerged claiming the real reason for the delay, including an alleged clash with the venue over her 60-person choir and arguments with her set designer, Esmeralda Devlin.
*******This is what happens when you’re in-between husbands!! You have to find other people to argue with!!
*******Wait a minute. You mean all that crying wasn’t REAL??
******Caesar’s asked her to cut the choir down to 59 people!!
UPDATE: Now they’re blaming it on her BOYFRIEND!! Get the story HERE!

Neil Young Wants To Boycott Spotify

Neil Young, an outspoken advocate for Covid-19 safety and prevention, doesn’t want his music to share a home with vaccine misinformation.  In a now-deleted post on his website, Young asked his managers and record label to remove his music from Spotify because he said the music and podcast platform is “spreading fake information about vaccines — potentially causing death to those who believe this disinformation spread by them.” (Rolling Stone originally reported the text of the deleted post.)  “I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” he said in Monday’s post, according to Rolling Stone. “They can have Rogan or Young. Not both.”
******That settles it!! Goodbye, Joe Rogan!!
*******Remember: a lot of things are “disinformation,” until they’re NOT!!!
*******This is like telling your wife, “You can either have me or Channing Tatum, not both!!” That’s when she says, “See ya!!”

Bob Dylan Sells Entire Catalog

Bob Dylan has sold his entire catalog of recorded music to Sony Music.  The recording company described the deal for 60 years worth of music as a “landmark agreement” in a statement. The deal was concluded in July last year, but announced Monday.  The deal includes “the entirety of Bob Dylan’s recorded body of work since 1962,” according to Sony Music, beginning with his self-titled debut album and continuing through 2020’s “Rough and Rowdy Ways.” Sony added the agreement also includes the rights to multiple future releases from Dylan.  While the company didn’t disclose the price of the deal, Billboard magazine estimates that the recordings are worth about $200 million, based on the revenue they generate.  “I’m glad that all my recordings can stay where they belong,” Dylan said in a statement.  Dylan and Sony Music have a long history, dating back to October 1961, when he signed with Columbia Records, which is owned by the recording company, and recorded his debut album that same year.  He’s sold more than 125 million records and continues to perform worldwide.
********Springsteen got $500 million!! Dylan’s not worth that much??
****We just sold all the rights to our old shows for $12.50!!!
BOB DYLAN has admitted that when he first got to New York in his late teens, he worked as a MALE PROSTITUTE for both men and women to make ends meet!! GET THE STORY HERE!!


Ripping The Tabloids (Throughout the week, we’ll give you the stories from that weeks tabs!)
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Shailene Sacks Aaron!-(National Enquirer)

The clock has run out on Shailene Woodley, 30, and Aaron Rodgers’ whirlwind romance-the “Big Little Lies” actress sacked the jealous jock and nixed their upcoming nuptials, sources say.  Less than a year after the star confirmed her engagement to the Green Bay Packers quarterback, tipsters snitched the pair called it quits following a massive blowout shortly before the pigskin pro turned 38 on Dec.2.  “They had a huge fight, and Shailene ended things,” spilled an insider.  “She’s really down about it, but she seems determined not to go back.  She says Aaron is just too jealous and controlling for it to ever work.”

This Spud’s For You, Don!-(Globe)

Woody and Buzz Lightyear rescue Forky, a new toy made from recycled parts, in the 2019 animated sequel Toy Story 4-but the Pixar crew had to create the voice of Mr. Potato Head from recycled parts as well!  Insult comic Don Rickles died at 90 before he could reprise the role, so they sorted through “25 years of everything we didn’t use” from Rickles’ previous recordings to bring Mr. Potato Head to life again.

Mark & Rhea:  Better Than Ever-(Us Weekly)

After 12 years and four kids together, Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham are defying Hollywood’s marriage odds-and a source says Durham gets a ton of the credit.  “She keeps Mark’s feet on the ground,” the source says.  “She helps him with business decisions and is the best mother.  Mark hit the jackpot.”  Though their lives can get “crazy” at times, the actor, 50, always makes sure to spend quality time with his wife, 43.  Adds the source, “They keep things hot with dates and getaways.”

Katy Takes Vegas!-(Star)

Such a doll!  Katy Perry hits the stage as a pint-sized version of herself in her raucous new Las Vegas residency PLAY.  Dressed in an array of colorful costumes-hello, beer-can bra!-the 37-year-old dances and sings such hits as “Firework” and “Dark Horse” amid over-the-top props like a super-sized toadstool complete with slimy snail.  “It’s larger than life,” the singer recently raved of the show’s six elaborate setups on the Resort World stage.  “Everything is, like, three time the size of me!”

Throwback!  John Stamos-(Life & Style)

Talk about a fairy-tale childhood.  Growing up in California’s Orange County, the Full House actor spent a large chunk of his youth at Disneyland-which was located just 20 minutes away.  “I really was the dorky kid.  I was into magic and theme parks,” John says.  “I was very innocent.”

Matt Sallee & Sarah Bishop:  Just Married-(People)

After dating for two and a half years, the Pentatonix bass singer, 27, and wed his girlfriend, 30, a law student, in an intimate Jan. 2 ceremony at Cielo Farms in Malibu.

J.Lo to Ben:  Get Hypnotized!-(In Touch)

He’s under her spell all right!  Jennifer Lopez has had it with beau Ben Affleck’s nasty smoking habit and wants him to get hypnotized-and he’s agreed.  “J.Lo thinks he’s pretty perfect except for this one area,” says a source.  “Ben has quit before.  He’s tried a bunch of things over the years-going cold turkey, the patch, even a vitamin C drops method-but nothing seemed to stick.  That’s why J.Lo’s all about hypnosis.”  The “Baby I Love U” singer, 52, even found a hypnosis app that she wants Ben, 49, to download ASAP.  “She’s a health and fitness freak and just wants her man to be at his best.  The good thing is, Ben is game.”



Fortune Cookie Numbers Win Big

A North Carolina man said the lottery numbers that earned him a $4 million prize from a Mega Millions drawing came from an unusual source: a fortune cookie.  Gabriel Fierro told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he bought his ticket for Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing online, and he used the numbers from a fortune cookie he got while dining with his wife at the Red Bowl Asian Bistro in Charlotte.  “I don’t usually play my fortune cookie numbers ,but I tried them on a whim,” Fierro said.  Fierro’s ticket matched all five white balls in the drawing, earning a $1 million prize that was quadrupled to $4 million when the 4X Megaplier ball was drawn.  “I got an email in the morning and I just stared at it dumbfounded,” Fierro said. “I took it and showed it to my wife and she thought it was an April Fool’s joke or maybe a scam.” Fierro said the shock eventually died down and enthusiasm took over.
*********His fortune said, “You’ll become rich enough to date a Carolina Panthers cheerleader!!!”
********What does this mean? Our fortune cookie said our lucky numbers are “666!”
*******This guy is about to hear from friends he hasn’t seen for a long, long time!!

Raccoon Rescued From Engine Compartment

Animal rescuers in Florida assisted a raccoon that found itself on the third floor of a hotel before fleeing into the engine compartment of an SUV.  Wildlife Inc., an animal rescue group based in Bradenton, said rescuers were summoned to the Bridge Street Hotel when a raccoon was spotted wandering around the third floor inside the building.  “During the rescue attempt, the raccoon squeezed through a narrow gap in the railing on the stairs,” the group said in an Instagram post. “It scurried down the stairs to the ground floor confused, scared and potentially injured.”  The raccoon fled beneath some parked cars and ultimately climbed into the engine compartment of a 2013 Nissan Sentra, the post said.  The animal rescuers and the vehicle’s owner attempted the coax the animal out from under the hood for several hours before a veterinarian was brought to the scene to sedate the raccoon for safe extraction.  The raccoon was taken back to Wildlife Inc., where it was examined by a veterinarian and determined to be uninjured.  See the video HERE.
*********Then they gave it a trash can full of food scraps!! BIngo: happy raccoon!!

Amazon Driver Encounters Bear

A California homeowner’s security camera was recording when an Amazon driver making a delivery to the house came face to face with a wandering bear.  The video, posted to Ring camera’s official YouTube account, shows an Amazon delivery driver approaching the gate at the end of an Upland home’s driveway.  The homeowner, identified as Josh, can be heard using the camera’s two-way talk feature to alert the driver that the camera’s motion sensor had triggered moments earlier due to a bear wandering around the property.  The bear comes into view of the camera, and the driver, as it walks across the top of the fence next to the gate.  The driver lifts his arms in the air to make himself appear larger while facing the bear, and the animal flees into the neighborhood.  The driver completed the delivery without further incident.  See the video HERE.
*********Take that, Smokey!!
******What do you call an uninteresting bear? A bore!!
TOPIC: My encounter with real wildlife!!

Russian Makes Real Lightsaber

A Russian YouTuber has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the inventor of the world’s first retractable lightsaber.  Alex Burkan, who runs the Alex Lab channel on YouTube, unveiled his Star Wars-inspired invention, which produces a plasma blade that measures more than 3 feet in length and burns at a temperature of 5,072 degrees — hot enough to cut through steel.  “The key component of my lightsaber is an electrolyzer. An electrolyzer is a device that can generate a huge amount of hydrogen and oxygen and compress the gas to any pressure without a mechanical compressor,” Burkan told Guinness World Records.  He said it took hundreds of experiments to get his apparatus to match the size and shape of a lightsaber hilt.  “This is a first prototype so it has lots of limitations. It works for only 30 seconds on full power, the hydrogen torch is not as stable as it could be and you can easily see it when it moves. Sometimes the lightsaber just blows up in your hand because of hydrogen flashback,” he said.  Fellow YouTuber Hacksmith Industries, aka James Hobson, previously earned a Guinness World Record for creating the world’s first retractable proto-lightsaber. Hacksmith’s version of the Jedi weapon requires an external power source — hydrogen and oxygen tanks attached to a backpack — while Burkan’s lightsaber is entirely self-contained.  See the video HERE.
*********It gets up to 5,000 degrees?? Can we get one for our kid for Christmas???
*******You can conquer the galaxy… AND toast marshmallows!!
Alex Burkan’s lightsaber produces a 3-foot plasma blade that's inspired by 'Star Wars' movies.






Do These 5 Things Before the Weekend  if You Have No Savings

The Penny Hoarder


  1. See Where Your Money Likes to Go

You know where your money comes from. But do you wonder where it all goes? If you do, you could probably use a budget.

Budgeting helps you stay on track financially, and it helps you visualize where your money goes every month, quarter and year. It also helps you spot inefficiencies and identify areas you could cut back on without much, if any, change to your quality of life.

These days, budgeting has never been easier. If you have a checking account, there’s probably a budgeting tool integrated into your bank’s app or your online account.

The fact that it has never been easier to track your money means there are lots of solutions available, many of which are fully free. So if you find your bank’s tools to be a bit unintuitive or lacking in features, check out the free options available in your preferred app store.


  1. Start Investing with Free Stocks

Investing might fall closer to the back end of your 10-year plan, but it shouldn’t. It’s a common misconception that getting into investing requires a ton of experience and your entire paycheck, but that’s simply not true.

Can you imagine where your investments would be if you put a few bucks into the stock market when the idea first crossed your mind, which was probably years ago?

You really don’t need that much money to start investing. In some cases, you can even kickstart your fund with free stocks valued anywhere from $2.50 to $200.

Whether you’ve got $5, $100 or $800 to spare, you can start investing with Robinhood.

Yeah, you’ve probably heard of Robinhood. Both investing beginners and pros love it because it doesn’t charge commission fees, and you can buy and sell stocks for free — no limits. Plus, it’s super easy to use.

What’s best? When you download the app and fund your account (it takes no more than a few minutes), Robinhood drops a share of free stock into your account. It’s random, though, so that stock could be worth anywhere from $2.50 to $200 — a nice boost to help you build your investments.

Try swapping out a minor luxury for your first investment. Invest that $30 instead of buying movie tickets, pause that streaming service you didn’t even use this month or let a home-cooked meal help you redirect a few dollars from dining out to investing.


  1. Save Smarter, Not Harder

For many people, budgeting is a lot like dieting and exercising. You feel good when you do it, but there’s a reason it always makes for a good New Year’s resolution.

Instead of feeling bad about shopping, try to feel good about how much you pay for things when you do.

These days, you can do that without combing every sales flyer or making it rain with a wad of coupons — though there’s nothing wrong with either.

There are web browser extensions that’ll alert you before checking out if you can get the same product or service for a better price from another online retailer.

And that’s exactly what this free service does, and it’s how it saved people more than $160 million last year.

Just add it to your browser for free, and before you check out, it’ll check other websites, including Walmart, eBay and others to see if your item is available for cheaper. Plus, you can get coupon codes, set up price-drop alerts and even see the item’s price history.

You can get started in just a few clicks to see if you’re overpaying online.

Capital One Shopping compensates us when you get the extension using the links provided.


  1. Protect Your Family From a Flood of Debt

We save for rainy days. But what happens when it rains, pours and then floods? Most people don’t want to spend a lot of time mulling worst-case scenarios, despite these situations being the worst to be unprepared for.

You can plan and save for the unthinkable. It doesn’t take much time or money to help your family manage the mortgage, tuition, car payments or common household expenses without your income.

It takes about five minutes to leave your family $1 million in life insurance with a company called Policygenius.

Not sure how much coverage you need? A general rule of thumb is to secure seven to 10 times your average salary. Policygenius even has a life insurance calculator to help you find the best coverage for you.


  1. Spend $5 on Making Retirement a Reality

If you don’t have a regular savings account, a retirement account might seem flat-out unrealistic right now. And if that seems unrealistic, you might not think this tip applies to you when we tell you this: You could fund that retirement account with stakes in Apple, Microsoft and Google.

If you can spare $5, then this certainly applies to you.


The preceding material was compiled and edited by Brandon Castillo.  The Editor-In-Chief is Gary Bryan.  The Radio Genius Show Prep Service is licensed for use on-air only by subscribing radio stations.  Other means of redistribution is forbidden.
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